I Sure Hope This Isn't the Future Biz Model of Newspapers

Future of newspapers: 75-cent collectibles for historic events. Memo from your newspaper to you, courtesy Romenesko:

And then a few years ago you rewarded my loyalty by straying. You went elsewhere. You sought the company of others who, you thought, gave you something that I could not. Fickle and faithless, you went looking for something faster, newer and younger.

Oh, You.

I wondered, incessantly, had I failed you? Was it me?

And then one day this week, You wanted me again. Hungrily. Desperately. You searched everywhere for me. You lined up outside my door, stood in the rain and cold, on the chance that I would be available to You again.

And I wasn't there. How ironic!

More Girls Really Should Marry Vampires

File this under "Now That's a Franchise." The movie adaptation of teen scream "Twilight," skedded to open in two weeks, is already selling out. It's no Potter, but still...

AT&T Makes Wi-Fi Play with Wayport Purchase

AT&T announced the purchase of Wayport today for $275 million in cash. See release.

First, Congratulations to the Wayport team! There were many in the industry who said that there was no money to be made in unlicensed spectrum or more specifically in public Wi-Fi. Wayport has built a large network and created an innovative business model.

What I like most about this deal is that it makes a lot of sense for consumers. Consumers simply want access to the Internet. They don't care how so much. When it was just a few people with laptops traveling a few days a month, day use fees tied to a single device made sense. Now, however, expectations have changed. Consumers have more devices that they want to use in more places to access the Internet.

Fewer network owners will simplify this process for consumers. Already more than one quarter of online users use public Wi-Fi. As a home AT&T DSL customer, I've already had access to AT&T-owned hotspots for a while. I look forward to the larger footprint as I drink more coke than coffee.

The timing is good as well given the number of iPhones in the market. I look forward to the day that my iPhone doesn't asked me six times each day if I want to connect to such and such Wi-Fi network as there are layers and layers of them here in San Francisco.

The recent announcement of free Wi-Fi on AT&T networks for iPhone customers made sense. It made more sense - at least for consumers - than simply having free access to iTunes at Starbucks. What will make more sense for consumers is using any application on any device as long as they are AT&T customers. Sure, exclusive content on a specific network and specific device is good for the business partners and benefits consumers, but those aren't the most consumer-centric deals.

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AT & T Makes Wi-Fi Play with Wayport Purchase

AT&T announced the purchase of Wayport today for $275 million in cash. See release.

First, Congratulations to the Wayport team! There were many in the industry who said that there was no money to be made in unlicensed spectrum or more specifically in public Wi-Fi. Wayport has built a large network and created an innovative business model.

What I like most about this deal is that it makes a lot of sense for consumers. Consumers simply want access to the Internet. They don't care how so much. When it was just a few people with laptops traveling a few days a month, day use fees tied to a single device made sense. Now, however, expectations have changed. Consumers have more devices that they want to use in more places to access the Internet.

Fewer network owners will simplify this process for consumers. Already more than one quarter of online users use public Wi-Fi. As a home AT&T DSL customer, I've already had access to AT&T-owned hotspots for a while. I look forward to the larger footprint as I drink more coke than coffee.

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Blogging done right

Like millions of Americans, I followed the presidential elections in my favorite blogs, but one source deserves special recognition.

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com published a running summary and projection of the myriad of national and state polls that was astonishing for its breadth and depth, but his projections based on the polls and their trends turned out to be uncannily correct.

Silver first emerged when he called both the direction and degree of the Indiana and North Carolina Democratic primaries -- a narrow win for Clinton in Indiana and a whupping in North Carolina.

When everyone else, including the mainstream media, were touting the latest numbers from whoever in whatever state, Nate Silver's site was one of the few places you could get a clear, concise consensus forecast that didn't vary wildly from one day to the next.

Silver's not exactly an amateur. He's a professional baseball forecaster. But he delivered intelligent and prescient forecasts of surpassing quality for free on his blog.

Now that's mainstream media we can believe in, my friends.

You betcha.

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Flashback

Is this what it was like for my parents when JFK won? He looks good in skinny ties suits. Cue "This Is the New Frontier." (very hard to find a good version on the interweb.)

Paperless at LGA

The TSA and Continental Airlines launched paperless boarding pass capabilities at LaGuardia Airport this week, bringing the number of airports to host the service to ten. Alaska Airlines, Delta and Northwest are also trialing mobile boarding pass technology.

There are a host of technical considerations behind the scenes for bar-code boarding passes, including the global encryption standards that were adopted last year by IATA — the International Air Transport Association. IATA expects all airlines to be bar-code-boarding-pass capable by the end of the year and the TSA has stated it sees tremendous potential for paperless boarding passes.

In a survey we conducted at JupiterResearch earlier this year, we found that 18% of online travelers are interested in being able to check in for a flight using their mobile device. This number increases to 27 percent among business travelers.

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SFR & UMG Launch a Limited, Unlimited DRM-free Service

The big news headline French mobile operator launches unlimited DRM-free music offering in partnership with UMG - the only thing is, it's anything but unlimited. Yes, it is DRM-free, and it is "all you can eat" but the content available is limited to Universal and to just three genres (Rap/R&B, Pop/Rock, Clubbing/Electro) and it's limited to 60,000 potential customers.

So it is in fact a pretty limited, unlimited service. But cynicism aside, this is another step in the right direction and, as with the Datz offering, should be considered as a "Beta" version to gauge consumer receptivity and usage. It is also launched in the more important context of "Creation and Internet" law debates that have started in the French Senate. France's government has taken a leading (and sometimes controversial) role in digital copyright public policy and the outcomes of the debates will be worth watching carefully.

Upcoming Webinar - Sales Enablement In An Economic Downturn - November 6th

Join Brad Holmes and I for a look at what can be done to drive sales results in a down economy.  Forrester views "Sales Enablement" as a cross-functional disipline requiring product, marketing, and sales teams to work together to optimize results.

When:  November 6th, 2pm ET

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Juxtaposition

I'm not sure I've ever seen the words "long-awaited remake with Keanu Reeves" in the same sentence before.